Literary Aspects Of The Cask Of Amontillado And Hemingway 's Hills Like White Elephants

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One of the most important aspects of a work of fiction is the development and use of characters. Edgar Allen Poe and Ernest Hemingway are two of the best writers at developing intriguing characters that serve many purposes, and have subsequently been analyzed for decades. Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” are two prime examples of brilliant character development and usage. Poe and Hemingway develop and utilize their characters in varying ways. For example, while Poe’s characters in “The Cask of Amontillado” have symbolic first names, Hemingway’s characters in “Hills Like White Elephants” do not even have their first names mentioned. Poe and Hemingway prove in their respective works that characters can serve purposes far beyond simply executing the actions that take place in the work. Poe gives the characters in “The Cask of Amontillado” symbolic meanings with their names. In the romantic languages, Montresor means “to show fate” while Fortunato, in Italian, means “the fortunate one”. Much of Poe’s brilliance is in his ability to give his characters meaning without providing a background story. Robert Morsberger says, “Readers learn almost nothing about the background of the characters; one is told nothing about their age, their families, their wives and children, if any, or their appearance” (Morsberger 1). In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe is able to give the reader background information and symbolize the characters with the

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